CORNING - Graduates of the Northside High School Class of 1963, the last class to graduate from the school, said a final goodbye Tuesday afternoon to a school where they have so many memories.

Nine former Northside High School students stood on the stairs near the building’s main entrance during a steady rain discussing their remembrances.

“Heaven is crying because Northside High School is dying,” said Doug Benjamin, a 1963 graduate, pointing to the rain.

Neally-DeJong crews began to raze the historic building, which opened in 1927, in late November. The demolition of the 96,400-square foot site is expected to be completed in February.

Bob Narde, a 1963 graduate, said 144 people graduated from Northside High School in his class, with East and West high schools opening in 1964.

“It’s very sad to see it being knocked down,” Narde said. “A lot of memories here. It won’t be here anymore. It’s the last time we’ll have our pictures taken on the steps of Northside High School. We will miss it.”

Paul Mayo, a 1963 graduate, talked with classmates about the last victory Northside High School had over rival Corning Free Academy and other things he and the others often remember about the school.

“We beat CFA 27-0,” Mayo said. "That we did, and it was fun."

The former students honoring the school all seemed to support the Corning-Painted Post School District saving the clock tower from the building and moving it to a new location.

C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski has said the district will house the clock tower until plans can be made for its future.